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Subject: Scheme/Mastermind pairs for Theme Junkies rss

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Bryon Hake
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I like thematic games. Legendary is thematic, but sometimes random assignments of Schemes and Masterminds create silly combos. I got to thinking that maybe there is an "ideal" Mastermind for each Scheme. I'm never going to be able to play every MM/S combination anyway, so I might as well play the combinations that make the most sense. Sometimes a Scheme's ideal Mastermind doesn't exist yet, so I suggest who I think it should be, and list (custom) after it. I'd appreciate your input on the pairings that I have attempted so far, especially the many of you who know more Marvel history than I do.

Scheme/Plot Mastermind

Base Set

Unleash the Power of the Cosmic Cube - Red Skull or Thanos
Midtown Bank Robbery - Kingpin or Mysterio? - Heroes: Spider-Man
Negative Zone Prison Breakout - Blastaar (custom). Heroes: Guardians of the Galaxy
Portals to the Dark Dimension - Loki (Avengers #400)
Secret Invasion of the Skrull Shapeshifters - Skrull Queen Veranke (custom)
Replace Earth's Leaders with Killbots - Any
Super Hero Civil War - Authoritarian Iron Man, Maria Hill, etc. Heroes: Captain America.
The Legacy Virus - Stryfe, Mr. Sinister, Nick Fury (Ultimate universe). Heroes: X-Men and/or X-Force

Dark City
Capture Baby Hope - Mr. Sinister. Heroes: Cable, X-Men, X-Force.
Massive Earthquake Generator - Mole Man - Avengers #12 - Heroes: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America
Organized Crimewave - Kingpin
X-Cutioner's Song - Stryfe. Heroes: X-Men
Transform Citizens into Demons ("Inferno") - Madelyne Pryor, Goblin Queen
Steal the Weaponized Plutonium - Any
Save Humanity - Any, but change name
Detonate the Helicarrier - Loki, Any

Fantastic Four
Flood the Planet with Melted Glaciers - Rathia (custom). This Scheme actually happened in Golden Age comic Human Torch #5.
Pull Reality into the Negative Zone - Annihilus or Blastaar
Bathe Earth in Cosmic Rays - Galactus? Annihilus?
Invincible Force Field - Magneto, Dr. Doom, Stryfe, Galactus, or Apocalypse.

Paint the Town Red
Weave a Web of Lies - Spider Queen?
Splice Humans with Spider DNA - Spider Queen or Jackal (custom). Heroes: Agent Venom, Spider-Woman, Vision.
The Clone Saga - Norman Osborne (custom). Villains: Spider-Foes. Heroes: Spider-Man.
Invade the Daily Bugle News HQ - Any that do not qualify for Invincible Force Field

Guardians of the Galaxy
Unite the Shards - Thanos
Forge the Infinity Gauntlet - Thanos. Heroes: Silver Surfer, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora.
Intergalactic Kree Nega-Bomb - Supreme Intelligence of the Kree. Villains: Skrull. Heroes: Hercules, Iron Man, Captain America
The Kree-Skrull War - Supreme Intelligence of the Kree, Henchmen: Mandroids

Secret Wars Volume 1
Build an Army of Annihilation - Annihilus (custom)
Smash Two Dimensions Together - Beyonders (custom)
Fragmented Realities - Dr. Doom
Corrupt the Next Generation of Heroes - Shiklah
Master of Tyrants - Dr. Doom
Pan-Dimensional Plague - Apocalypse, but really Dr. Nemesis (custom)
Crush Them with My Bare Hands - Shadow King, or Any
Dark Alliance - Any

Secret Wars Volume 2
Secret Wars - Dr. Doom
The god-Emperor of Battleworld - Dr. Doom
Enthrone the Barons of Battleworld - Dr. Doom
Deadlands Hordes Charge the Wall - Zombie Green Goblin
Master the Mysteries of Kung-Fu - Immortal Emperor Zheng- Zhu. Heroes: Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, Electra, Kitty Pride.
The Mark of Khonshu - Baroness Khonshu (custom)
Sinister Ambitions - Any
The Fountain of Eternal Life - Any

Captain America 75th Anniversary
Change the Outcome of WWII - Red Skull/Arnim Zola/Zemo old
Brainwash the Military - Red Skull/Arnim Zola/Zemo young
Go Back in Time to Slay Heroes’ Ancestors - Red Skull/Arnim Zola/Zemo young
The Unbreakable Enigma Code - Red Skull/Arnim Zola/Zemo old

Civil War
Nitro the Supervillain Threatens Crowds - Nitro (custom). Master Strike: Each player must KO a non-gray Hero from hand or a Bystander from their victory pile.
Reveal Heroes’ Secret Identities - Maria Hill/Authoritarian Iron Man
Imprison Unregistered Superhumans - Ragnarok/Misty Knight
Epic Super Hero Civil War - Iron Man, or any of the 3 others above
Dark Reign of H.A.M.M.E.R. - Green Goblin/Loki/Baron Zemo/Thunderbolts
Avengers Vs. X-Men - Magneto. Heroes: Avengers and X-Men.
United States Split by Civil War - Any
Predict Future Crime - Captain Marvel (custom)

Deadpool
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe - custom "Cullen Bunn, Comic Book Writer" Mastermind
Deadpool Wants a Chimichanga - Evil Deadpool
Deadpool Writes a Scheme - Evil Deadpool
Everybody Hates Deadpool - Macho Gomez (Deadpool v2 #36)

Noir
Find the Split Personality Killer - Charles Xavier
Silence the Witnesses - The Goblin, Underworld Boss
Five Families of Crime - Kingpin or The Goblin, Underworld Boss
Hidden Heart of Darkness - The Goblin, Underworld Boss

X-Men
Alien Brood Encounters - Deathbird
Anti-Mutant Hatred - Leper Queen (custom. Attk: X (10), Always Leads: Sapien League. Master Strike: Each player must KO an X-Men or X-Force hero from hand or discard pile, and shuffle a Sapien League henchman from Victory Pile into the villain deck. Each player gains a wound for each he could not do.)
The Dark Phoenix Saga - Dark Phoenix
Horror of Horrors - any
Mutant-Hunting Super Sentinels - Arkea (custom. always leads Sentinels and Sisterhood of Mutants. Story in X-Men Vol 4 #1-12, but mainly #7-12 - Muertas and Ghosts. Infect and Dominate the World)
Nuclear Armageddon -
Televised Deathtraps of Mojoworld - Mojo
X-Men Danger Room Goes Berserk - Arcade

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Villains
Crush Hydra - Nick Fury
Infiltrate the Lair with Spies - Nick Fury
Build an Underground Mega-Vault Prison - Nick Fury
Mass-Produce War Machine Armor - Nick Fury
Cage Villains in Power-Suppressing Cells - Doctor Strange
Graduation at Xavier’s X-Academy - Professor X
Crown Thor King of Asgard - Odin
Resurrect Heroes with the Norn Stones - Odin

Fear Itself
Fear Itself - Uru-Enchanted Iron-Man
Last Stand at Avengers Tower - Uru-Enchanted Iron-Man
The Traitor - Dr. Strange or Professor X
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Pan-Dimensional Plague is my go to Zombie Scheme for Zombie Green Gonlin. Gotta cute those heroes before you recruit them!
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Legacy Virus -Stryfe

Corrupt the Next Generation of Heroes - Shiklah

Portals to the Dark Dimension - Mephisto

Transform Citizens into Demons - Madelyne Pryor

Smash Two Dimensions Together - Dr Doom

Invincible Force Field - Magneto

Bathe Earth in Cosmic Rays - Galactus?

Weave a Web of Lies - Mysterio

Flood the Planet with Melted Glaciers - Moleman

Clone Saga - Carnage

Fragmented Realities - Dr Doom
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Also in the 1990s X-Men cartoon, wasn't the legacy virus centered around Apocalypse?
 
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For Portals to the Dark Dimension i suggest using Darkling (custom) as he draws his power from there.
 
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Thank you for this. I like to keep things somewhat thematic but also have some randomization to my set-up. There are many great randomizers out there but my preference is to select a scheme, randomize the Mastermind from a group of Masterminds that may be involved with that scheme (no-Galactus robbing the Midtown Bank), randomize the villains & henchmen that would most likely assist & finally which heroes normally face-off against that mastermind. This allows for some random variance without the weird match-ups.

I have played several of the game set-ups offered here in in the past. I count on the individuals here that know the Marvel Universe better than I do for help with my game play.
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Thanks for the help! I've edited my original post to include most of the suggestions.
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Updated to include the Deadpool Schemes.

I figured that "Everybody Hates Deadpool" is probably the best scheme to represent the Marvel issue Deadpool vol 2 #36: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Deadpool_Vol_2_36

I really don't know what to do with Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. Who was the Mastermind behind that? The writers of the comic book? Anyone want to make a custom "Comic Book Writer" Mastermind?

Something like

Cullen Bunn, Comic Book Writer
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Cullen Bunn cannot be attacked while there is a Villain in the City.
Master Strike: Play the top 2 cards of the Villain Deck.

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Is this list going to be updated when newer expansions come out?

*cough* Noir *cough*
 
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Updated with Noir.

Working on X-Men now. Please offer any suggestions. Even a second or third suggested Mastermind for each Scheme would be great.
 
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